Study links daytime naps to reductions in blood pressure | Women with GDM face higher risk for postpartum CV events, study shows | Study examines link between education, heart-healthy diets
March 14, 2019
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Study links daytime naps to reductions in blood pressure
Daytime napping was associated with decreases in mean systolic blood pressure, according to a study to be presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Researcher Manolis Kallistratos said even small reductions in blood pressure may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.
Cardiovascular Business online (3/12) 
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Women with GDM face higher risk for postpartum CV events, study shows
Canadian researchers analyzed data on 5,390,591 pregnant women and found that those with gestational diabetes mellitus were at an increased risk of experiencing future cardiovascular events after giving birth, compared with those without GDM. The findings, published in Diabetologia, revealed that GDM was tied to a 2.3-fold increased risk for CV events in the first 10 years postpartum.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/8) 
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Study examines link between education, heart-healthy diets
Research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association revealed that adults with a college education were seven times more likely to adhere to a Mediterranean diet than those who had a high-school education. Findings also showed that college-educated women were three times more likely to eat a heart-healthy diet than male peers.
United Press International (3/11) 
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Study: Smartphone app helps manage BP in diabetes
Patients with diabetes who used a smartphone app to monitor their blood pressure experienced a significant improvement in systolic blood pressure over six weeks, according to findings presented at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. The pilot study, based on 276 patients with stage 1 and 2 hypertension at baseline, also found that 13 new prescriptions were written and 33 prescriptions were refilled during the study period.
Endocrinology Advisor (3/8) 
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Study suggests bempedoic acid may be alternative to statins
Bempedoic acid may be a high cholesterol treatment option for patients who cannot tolerate statin medications or do not achieve sufficient results, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Bempedoic acid affects the same pathways as statin medications but at a different site.
NBC News (3/13) 
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Report: Health care adds just 20,800 jobs in February
The health care industry in February added 20,800 new jobs, compared with 41,600 in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ambulatory health care had 15,500 news jobs, while hospitals added 4,200 positions.
Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (3/8) 
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